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Maine Quit Claim Deed

A Maine quitclaim deed without covenant is used to convey property to a buyer from a seller but does not provide a guarantee or warranty. This means the buyer is purchasing only whatever interest the seller may or may not have in the property being sold. These types of deeds are commonly used between family members.
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  • Signing – Title 33, § 203 – A notary public or officer of the court is required to witness the grantor’s signatures on a quit claim deed filed in the State of Maine.
  • Recording – Like all deeds in Maine, this deed must be acknowledged by a notary and filed with the Registry of Deeds in the County where the property is located.
  • Statute – Title 33, § 161
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax (§ 4641) – Must be filed with an accompanying deed and can be completed online or with the printable form.

Quitclaim Covenants

Maine statutes authorize two different types of quitclaim deeds:

  • a quitclaim deed with covenant
  • a quitclaim deed without covenant

The quitclaim deed without covenant is closer to what is meant by “quitclaim” in most other states: the seller is only offering the interest that they have. A quitclaim deed with covenant, by contrast, means that the seller will defend the buyer against anyone making a claim to the property through the seller.[1]

The quitclaim deed with covenants, in this sense, resembles a general warranty deed, and as a result, may be more desirable in some situations. Those creating a quitclaim deed in Maine should think carefully about what they are offering and the language of the deed. A quitclaim deed without covenant will typically just use the “release all rights in the premises being conveyed” without mention of any warranty.[2]

Covenant Version

Maine Quit Claim Deed With Covenant – A quit claim deed that provides the buyer limited protection against claims to the property

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